CityCast: Episode 10, with Mahnaz Yusaf, FutureEverything; Kevin Moss, Sparta Digital; and Reina Yaidoo, Bassajamba

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It’s hard to believe that we’ve already hit double figures with CityCast (well, this episode is technically our eleventh, when you count the roundtable special from earlier in the year).

We’ve covered everything from connected buildings, to poems, singing tram stops and street furniture.

This month, Anne Dornan took the reins and was joined by three people who are putting citizens at the heart of the city.

Minnie Yusaf is a self-described storyteller and design thinker, and currently works at FutureEverthing – Manchester’s cultural innovation lab, and a key CityVerve partner on the Culture & Public Realm theme.

Kevin Moss is a technical project manager at Sparta Digital, and has been a hands-on player in the development of the Buzzin app that’s currently guiding people around the city’s Christmas Markets.

And Reina Yaidoo works at a social enterprise called Bassajamba that specialises in the science, health and tech needs of disadvantaged and marginalised communities. She’s also one of our citizen journalists.

Tackling the tricky topic of how to design smart solutions that can serve the needs of a diverse population, as well as how to make technology accessible to all, the discussion ranged from Human Centred Design to Star Trek and everything in between.

Meanwhile, Adrian Slatcher went up against the clock for Meet The Partners – speaking about the work that Manchester City Council is contributing to the project.

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December 07, 2017 in Culture & Public Realm, News

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